Protest: South-Eastern Lawyers for Equity and Good Governance Appeals to NLC, TUC to Shelve Strike

A group of Lawyers under the aegis of South-Eastern Lawyers for Equity and Good Governance, has appealed to the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, to shelve its planned protest cum strike action billed for Wednesday, August 2, 2023, and engage in meaningful dialogue with Federal Government.

The group who stated their position in a communique issued to newsmen in Umuahia on Tuesday, after a meeting, said the call has become necessary following the proposed strike, pointing out that the NLC and TUC will form synergy through meaningful dialogue aimed at cushioning the effects of the subsidy removal on vulnerable Nigerians.

In the communique signed by the Chairman, Barr. Obinna Nwabiaraije and the Secretary, Barr. C.K Anyanwu, the group said it unanimously supports the President Ahmed Bola Tinubu led Federal Government on subsidy removal, insisting that it is for the interest of the country.

The South-Eastern Lawyers for Equity and Good Governance, urged President Tinubu to ensure that the subsidy removal yields the desired results by fixing and making refineries in the country functional while calling for collaboration between the Federal Government, NLC and TUC in coming up with a National Minimum wage for workers throughout the federation.

The group which identified the importance of avoidable transport system, called on President Tinubu to make provision for CMG buses for the purpose of conveying people across the 36 States of the Federation including FCT and 774 LGAs in the country.

Also, the South-Eastern Lawyers for Equity and Good Governance, in the communique, enjoined the Federal Government to fulfil its promise of ordering the release of 200,000 metric tonnes of grains from strategic reserves to households across the 36 States of the federation and FCT at moderate prices as well as 225,00 metric tonnes of fertilizer seedlings and inputs to farmers across the country.

Furthermore, as part of efforts to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal, the group of Lawyers charged the Federal Government to ensure that food prices remain avoidable with all relevant stakeholders playing their parts in ensuring that this is achieved.

While stressing the importance of dialogue, the South-Eastern Lawyers for Equity and Good Governance implored NLC, TUC to continue engaging with FG for the best interest of Nigerians, adding that the sufferings they are passing through is temporary.

They constantly condemned the planned protest or strike by NLC and TUC, urging them to allow President Tinubu implement his agenda and synergise with him which according to them, will be for the benefit of Nigerians.

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